ALL CARD GAMES
The easiest game around and a favorite for children just starting to play cards. Read to the end for an adult version.
HOW TO PLAY SNAP
All cards are dealt evenly between players. It does not matter if some players have one more card than others. Players hold the cards in their hands face down, without looking at them.
Player one places one card into the middle to start the pile. It’s played without looking at it first. Players take turns to place cards onto the pile.
HOW TO WIN
The player who has all the cards at the end wins.
When two cards match e.g. 5 and 5, the first player to put their hand on the pile while saying “snap” gets to keep all cards. The cards are placed under the winning player’s other cards.
If two players say “snap” at the same time, the winner is the one whose hand is on the pile. Play restarts with the next player who would have played before.
NO CARDS LEFT
When a player has run out of cards and there are more than two players left, then they are no longer in the game.
ONE PLAYER LEFT
When two players remain and only one player has cards, they play their cards one by one. The player with no cards can call “snap” and continue to play if they win.
The game finishes when one player has all the cards. They are the winner.
If a player calls “snap” or puts their hand on the pile at the wrong time the cards are split between the other players.
If all cards have been played but there are no “snaps’ then the plaver who played the last card wins.
VIDEO OF HOW TO PLAY SNAP
Keeping a hand next to the pile of cards allows players to quickly call “snap”. If players get too close they can agree all players must keep their hands on the corner of the table.
Playing quickly makes the game more fun.
It can be better to play a card rather than looking for a ‘snap’. This way players block their opponents.
If ‘snap’ is called after another card has been plaved on top of the matching cards, it’s too late. Play continues with no winner.
Add the following rules to make Snap more competitive:
Players call out a card at the same time as playing, starting with A 2 3 up to K. If the card played matches the card called, that is also a snap. The last player to put their hand on the pile takes all the cards. Each player must try to play all the cards from their hand. The loser is the one with all the cards at the end.
Make this game even harder by adding the rule that each player must call “snap” at least once after they have played all their cards.
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